Mr Speaker ad­dresses stu­dents

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HOUSE of Com­mons Speaker the Rt Hon John Ber­cow MP took ques­tions from Uxbridge Col­lege stu­dents on ev­ery­thing from Brexit to meet­ing Barack Obama, in a live in­ter­ac­tive Skype Q&A.

The de­bate, which linked the Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Par­lia­ment with Uxbridge Col­lege’s Learn­ing Re­source Cen­tre through the in­ter­net video com­mu­ni­ca­tion soft­ware Skype, gave stu­dents a chance to speak di­rectly with Mr Ber­cow and find out more about his role and opin­ions.

Many of their ques­tions re­lated to the Speaker’s role, which in­cluded dis­cus­sions on the fa­mous words ‘Or­der! Or­der!’, ut­tered when de­bates get out of hand or when politi­cians com­ing in and out of the House make too much noise.

Each of the stu­dents, who were study­ing a range of aca­demic and vo­ca­tional cour­ses, ad­dressed Mr Ber­cow as ‘Mr Speaker’, as Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans are ex­pected to do, be­fore ask­ing their ques­tions.

Whilst many of Mr Ber­cow’s an­swers em­pha­sised the po­lit­i­cal im­par­tial­ity of his role, he was forth­right in his views on a num­ber of mat­ters. He re­sponded to ques­tions about his meet­ings with in­ter­na­tional fig­ures, in­clud­ing the US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in 2011 and state coun­sel­lor of Myan­mar Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012, both of whom he ad­dressed in Par­lia­ment.

Suba Dick­er­son, In­for­ma­tion and Learn­ing Re­sources Man­ager, said: “This is a bril­liant ini­tia­tive from the Par­lia­men­tary Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre and was a great op­por­tu­nity for Uxbridge Col­lege stu­dents to see Gov­ern­ment brought to life. The stu­dents asked some ex­cel­lent ques­tions – they had ob­vi­ously done their re­search and were com­pletely on the ball with both cur­rent and con­sti­tu­tional af­fairs - and Mr Ber­cow cer­tainly gave some ex­cel­lent an­swers.”

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